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US Open Golf 2011: Phil Mickelson and 5 Americans with a Real Chance to Win
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American golf has been struggling.

Nothing against Steve Stricker, but it is a bit shocking that he is the highest-ranked American player. I thought Phil Mickelson was supposed to step up in the absence of Tiger Woods.

If he is, Mickelson hasn't gotten the memo.

The last three major winners are Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen. While those guys are great golfers, to not see an American hoist at least one the last three major trophies is a bit disappointing.

But this week is the U.S. Open. Americans have dominated this tournament in the past.

Here are five guys who have a legitimate shot at being crowned the 2011 U.S. Open champion.

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